Valérie Bertinelli has long struggled with her body image, but she won’t let it get her down.
The 61-year-old spoke candidly about her mental health in a new essay she wrote for New Beauty, published earlier this week.
The ‘Hot in Cleveland’ actress opened up about how her “mental and emotional health” improved greatly after she stopped weighing herself daily.
She noted that she used to believe that “the number on the scale is never low enough – it’s always too high – so I’ll just crawl under the covers and no one will see me until let it be. I will be happy once all the weight is gone.
It wasn’t until she finished her memoir “Enough Already,” which was published in January, that she decided to stop stepping on the scale.
“[It] was a big thing for me, and I haven’t had a scale since,” she wrote in her essay. “My clothes always fit me; my jeans are still zipped. I guess I was afraid that if I couldn’t see what number I was and wasn’t able to keep an eye on it, I would bloat…but that didn’t happen.
Bertinelli added that while she’s still working on herself, she’s still happy with her results lately.
“It’s all a test and we’ll see how it works, but I know my mental health has improved dramatically because I’ve stopped looking at the scale every morning – and that’s the first big step for me,” she said.
She also wrote that her weight is “the thing holding me back.”
“But I want to start feeling the same way about myself, regardless of my weight. I don’t have to wait until I’ve lost weight to be kind to myself and be kind to others,” said said the ‘Valerie’s Home Cooking’ host, “It doesn’t matter what I look like. I try to make it a reality in my life and then hopefully my body will follow.”
The mother of one continued, “I do my best to live by the words I wrote, not to care what the scale says. I think it is important. I think many, many, many people live with a lie that we’ve been told, that we’re unlovable when we gain weight, and that’s just not true.
The “One Day at a Time” star previously opened up about her weight issues in an op-ed for “Today” last year. She admitted that she “used food to avoid sadness”. She lost her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen to throat cancer in October 2020 along with both of her parents.
“With the loss of my parents and the other hardships that life throws at us, I used food to not feel sadness or stress,” she explained. “But by eating something, all it does is make me feel worse about myself. One of my personal mottos is “choose happy”. But sometimes that choice is really hard.
New York Post